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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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11,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,063
Reviews: 3,310
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 2,247
Gots: 2,281 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Bold fruit and American hops. Bittersweet grapefruit and just a little pine. Very resinous. Some clean pale malt in the background. You can smell the hops with your nose about 12" above the glass.

Appearance: Pale gold. Moderately cloudy. Lots of tiny particles in suspension, very uniform. Clean white head pours a moderate height. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Bold citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit and little pine. Pale and caramel malt flavor nicely present in an attempt to balance things out. Aftertaste is a milder more English style hop flavor and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Super slick, oily and creamy. Finishes dry from the bitter hops and high alcohol content. Little carbonation.

Overall: Always impressive. One of the best, if not the best IPA. Huge hop flavor, but not overpowering or harsh.

Notes: Package on 2/2/2012, drank on 3/10/2012.

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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours deep golden, almost a rich honey color. Hazy white head with staying power, and ample lacing sticks around for the entirety of the beer.

S: Sweet and hoppy. You know what you're going to taste when you smell this beer. I'd almost prefer it to be even stronger.

T: Wow. Huge hop flavor throughout, slightly sweet, bitter without being overpowering. Subtle honey notes bring out the complexity of the hops. It's unbelievable, getting even better as it warms slightly. So balanced, beautiful flavor. I don't know that I've had an IPA that I prefer to this.

M: Smooth and balanced. Hides the 10% ABV well, dangerously drinkable. My only note is that I'd like a hint more carbonation.

O: Stunning beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on some of this... I've now had it on tap, and I've got a few bottles. Easily one of the best I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jmagnus87
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a light orange with about a finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and honey. Taste is about the same. Medium bodied with a somewhat sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I would gladly drink again in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of queens1130
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade, Thanks Chris!

Bottled 12/29/11. Pours slightly hazy amber. A good pour reveals a medium head & releases great hoppy aroma. Still get a good amount of hops even 4 months post bottling. Can taste the booze on the finish but I'd imagine the hops would mask this when tasting fresh.

Overall a great drink, would love to try again hopefully fresher to compare. Definitely surprises at 10%!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker than bottled; no lacing and the head was merely a sheet of bubbles. This is of course normal for casked beer if I understand correctly.

S: Not as pungent as other forms. Definitely well hopped; however, it seemed to be primarily floral in character.

T: Hops are more assertive in the taste. A lot of citrus, floral, and maybe some mild (very mild) spiciness. Still more toned down than other forms.

M: Definitely more crisp than heavy;Very low carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try a unique version of this wonderful beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass. This bottle is only eight days old!

A: Pours a clear gold with a one-finger white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, pineapple, dank hops with citrus and pine. Essentially no malt aroma that I can find.

T: Hops! Tropical, orange citrus, pineapple, grassy dank pine. Just hints of a cracker malt flavor in the background. For the amount of hop flavor & aroma, it doesn't come across as particularly bitter - perhaps due in part to all of the fruity flavors the hops give off.

M: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, and a moderate alcohol presence given the ABV - but the alcohol does become more noticeable as the beer warms.

O: I've had this before, just now giving a proper review. It's a very tasty beer, not sure it quite lives up to the hype (this year or any other year), but still something I'll pick up when it's available for sure.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/9/13 poured into GI tulip

Pour: This offering from Bells is copper-orange with a 1 to 1 and 1/2 finger size head quickly dissipating leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Some carbonation is evident as are some alcohol legs.

Smell: Some moderate citrus orange and pineapple but there is an overall sweetness that I would assume is from the added honey. It actually smells like a fruit bubblegum to me. This is what differentiates Hopslam from other DIPA's for me to date.

Taste: More citrus with orange, pineapple and lemon than pine like. The hops are mellowed big time by the overall sweetness that is Hopslam. Quite sweet mid palate and this actually seems to cut the bitterness maybe too much. This is why I enjoy Hopslam though for a change of pace. There is the hop presence but the sweetness makes it so highly drinkable, especially at 10%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sort of sticky feel and moderate carbonation. No alcohol burn at all.

Overall: I can see why so many people seek this one out. It is like I said a nice change of pace for this style with the added honey sweetness. It is so dangerously drinkable at 10%.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
99 out of 100 based on 11,063 ratings.